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Waru (2017)




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Movie Info

Eight female Māori directors have each contributed a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of his caregiver. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked and each follow one of eight female Māori lead characters during the same moment in time as they come to terms with Waru's death and try to find a way forward in their community. In Māori, waru means 8.


Critic Reviews for Waru

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand's contemporary Maori community, Waru brings a sense of dramatic, urgent realism to a story that plays out like a suspenseful mystery.

September 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Joined together, the shorts are a powerful chorus of female Maori voices united in finding a way to protect all that is vulnerable.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This film seeks to give voice in a profoundly moving, honest and intelligent way to a pain that can barely be described, rendering Waru without question one of the most important and extraordinary films of 2017.

August 27, 2018 | Full Review…

A poignant, brutal look at grief and survival in a society that is often overlooked and over-generalised.

July 13, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Although perhaps a tough-sell on paper, Waru stands a sturdy testament to the way film can generate resonant art from difficult subject matter. All New Zealanders should see it.

December 26, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Invariably there is a piece that falls short, but these precise snapshots mostly add up to a telling contemporary portrait of the stresses and self-deception that are at work in New Zealand's Maori community.

December 13, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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